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I am happy to announce that Summer Session is back. Below you will find general information regarding SS'13. If you have any further questions, or would like to schedule a meeting, you are welcome to contact me via email.

Hilary Darling
Director of Summer Session
& Critical Studies Faculty

***Please note: Summer Session at CalArts is for current CalArts students and alumni as well as guest students with substantial college experience. To establish Guest Student status please contact the CalArts Director of Summer Session at summer@calarts.edu.

CalArts reserves the right to cancel classes and to deny enrollment in Summer Session to any student regardless of matriculation status.

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Basic Information

  • Courses/Credits: Students can take up to seven credits. In keeping with the original mission of Summer Session, there will be selections to help current students satisfy Critical Studies requirements.
  • Dates: May 21-June 21, 2013 (right after graduation, which is May 17, 2013).
  • Classes will meet: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first four weeks; week five is reserved for independent work on final projects and essays.
  • Times of classes: Morning classes meet from 9 am-12:30 pm, afternoon classes meet from 1:30-5 pm, and there will be one evening class from 6-9 pm.
  • Tuition: Tuition for Summer Session '13 is $700/credit. Matriculated CalArts students and CalArts Alumni will receive a discount on the cost of tuition—$500/credit. Additional course fees may apply. There will be no auditing of classes.
  • Financial Aid: There is currently no financial aid available for Summer Session.
  • Registration & Class Sign-up: Registration and class sign-up will take place online March 25-May 10. Current CalArts students will be able to access online sign-up by logging in with their PIN and password to the Student Academic Services page. Guest students will need to email the Director of Summer Session at summer@calarts.edu to establish access to the system. In this correspondence please simply state your intent to enroll in Summer Session '13, provide your full name, phone number and preferred email address, and allow at least three days to process your request.
  • Payment Options: Tuition must be received by the CalArts Office of Accounting by 4 pm on May 15 and may be paid by check or credit card. Payment can be made online during registration and class sign-up; payment may also be made subsequently by mail, phone, or by visiting the CalArts Office of Accounting during regular business hours. For more information regarding payment procedures, visit the Accounting Office’s “Methods of Payment” page.
  • Refund Policy: Students will be given a 100% tuition refund if they withdraw from classes before the first day of class. Once classes have started students may withdraw with a 50% refund during the first week. After the first week no refunds will be issued.
  • Housing and Transportation: Students not living in the area may contact the Director of Summer Session, Hilary Darling, to see if on-campus housing is available. Group rates for housing at some local hotels are available—as well as transportation to and from CalArts—by mentioning your affiliation with the Institute. Another option will be accessing private rentals and sublets online through the Office of Student Affairs page. Many students take advantage of this option with relative ease and convenience.

Summer 2013 Course Offerings

Critical Studies

  • Feminism and U.S. Popular Culture: Trashy Broads, Sexy Divas, Kickass Heroines and How to Solve a Problem Like Maria / AM
    with Andrea Fontenot
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, CI or Foundation (may count as Writing Arts or Foundation)
  • Conservation and the Environment / AM
    with Michael Bryant
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Science and Math
  • Funk, Cybernetics and Cool: West Coast Architecture from 1960-2013 / PM
    with Ken Ehrlich
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Cultural Studies
  • Imaging Culture: Representation and Visual Anthropology / AM
    with Niki Rousso-Schindler
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Social Science
  • Sent Us of the Air: Expression and Inspiration in Poetry and Art / PM
    with Anthony McCann
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Humanities
  • American History Through Film / PM
    with James Wiltgen
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Elective (This course is designed with an emphasis on English language acquisition)


  • "You Can't Say That!" / PM
    with Gary Mairs
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Metier or Other Metier-Film & Video

Professional Practice

  • Writing About Your Work / PM
    with Kim Russo
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Interdisciplinary
  • Fundraising Strategies / AM
    with Leslie Tamaribuchi
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Metier or Other Metier-Theater

Animation Residency

  • The History of Character Animation / AM
    with Maureen Furniss
    • 3 Credits / Critical Studies, Metier or Other Metier-Film & Video
  • Drawing Basics / PM
    with Linda Dorn
    • 2 Credits / Film & Video
  • Story / EVENING
    with Robert Lence
    • 2 Credits / Film & Video
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